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Dramanet Weekly Summary: 15th August – 22nd August 2015

Dramanet Weekly Summary: 15th August – 22nd August 2015

Anyone else blink and it was suddenly the end of that Week!?

The peak of my week was seeing my Year 11 girls’ tread the boards for the first time in their class play Too Much Punch for Judy by Mark Wheeler in front of their parents  – in the midst of all the administrative jobs that often weigh us down, it’s always great to step back and take in those moments which remind you why you do it – I can't recommend the play highly enough if anyone who is looking for a really engaging, creative and topical piece that has so much scope for interpretation and presentation.

So ‘what’s the buzz’, I hear you shout? Well, I’d better tell you what’s (been) happening…


Note Worthy:

K.C. Kelly, director of Ensemble Impact Educational Trust, very openly kept us all ‘in the loop’ on where they and the programme preparation for 2016 and beyond is at. He makes some timely points about the need, as a community, for us all to put access to theatre-in-schools as a major national priority. Read his statement and responses, here.

He Reo Āwhina, He Reo Tautoko: A voice of help and support…

  • Rosie Moxey sought advice around interpreting the social/historical context specification for the Level 3 theatre form external examination, using Children of the Poor to exemplify the Brecht form. Thanks to Jacqui and Bruce for your thoughts.
  • Lynda Gordon had some questions around implementing the 3.8 Scripting assessment as an alternative to devising for one of her students. This thread could benefit from some more responses – so to those of you who might have tackled this standard before in your assessment programmes, please share your experiences with us!
  • Nathan Munn from Central Southland College is keen to find someone to meet up with for a moderation exchange.
  • Belinda at Otago Girls’ High School would like it confirmed whether Commedia dell’Arte is okay for use for the Level 3 theatre form external assessment, despite its absence from the prescribed playwrights list for obvious reasons? Thanks to Kimberly Fridd for posting on her behalf.
  • Ken Hudson from Shirley Boys’ High School is keen to hear from people with experience and reflections around the implementation of Innovative Learning Practices, as he prepares for post-quake building developments.
  • Sarah Higginson asked for further clarification about what is expected when it states in the SCHOL specs that students need to articulate their understanding of New Zealand theatre practice in the Scholarship Drama examination. Thanks to David Chambers for your details response.

Events, EOTC & Live Performance Opportunities:

  • Renee Liang alerted us all to her new physical comedy work, Bubblelands, which is having a season at The Basement in Auckland, August 25-29, and at BATS in Wellington from October 13-17 details here. Tickets range from $16.50-$25.00
  • Renee’s play The Quiet Room is also showing at BATS in Wellington from September 24th – October 3rd. Details here.
  • Renee’s play Under The Same Moon, following its premiere Fringe success, has been picked up by Arts On Tour (click this link for more information about this programme in general), and will travel to the less-large centres around the country. Renee has arranged a reduced cost for schools to access the tour at a special price. Large centres such as Auckland and Wellington can also book a visit ‘on demand’ too. More details here.
  • Marama Tracey Lloyd from the Auckland Arts Festival team highlighted The James Plays which make up part of the festival and will include a day-time matinee for schools on Wednesday 9th March at the ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre with the schools’ price of $20 tickets.
  • Wellington Expressive Arts Trust announced two Christchurch workshops for young people – one ‘Wellness through Creativity’ on Saturday 3rd October and another, ‘Introduction to Devising Theatre’ on Sunday 4th October – details here.
  • Louise Tu’u from PIPA: Pacific Institute of Performing Arts in Avondale, Auckland alerted us to auditions for their 2016 intake which are coming up on Saturday 29th August and Saturday 5th September. Details here.
  • Bhavisha Patel from Indian Ink Theatre Company announced their new work coming to Hamilton for its world premiere 5th-12th December this year.

Employment Opportunities:

  • There’s an LTR opening coming up, covering Bill Walker while he performs at The Court in Christchurch, at Whangarei Girls’ High School – details here.
  • Robert Gilbert, after his promotion to DP at Tauranga Boys’ High School alerted us to the position becoming available as Director of Theatre Arts at Rangi Ruru Girls’ School – details here. Congratulations Robert

In the Spotlight: “A Primary Focus”

  • Got a great idea for a drama activity or maybe thinking on some creative approaches to exploring your Primary class’ topic study or literacy focus?  Let the Arts Online interactive unit planner help you click through the process of constructing your unit documentation.

“The interactive unit planner is a free service for Arts teachers and provides an online template, prompts, resources, and professional advice during the unit planning process. On completion, the unit can be downloaded as an RTF or HTML file to be opened in Word or uploaded to an intranet.”

  • Once you’ve given the unit ago, share it with others on the Arts Online Teacher Resource Exchange – the home of all our tried and tested, teacher-recommended activities, units and teacher-made drama teaching and learning resources.


This summary will be uploaded to the Dramanet VLN group and our Twitter feed @ArtsOnline1. Remember also that when you click on any of the hyperlinks in this summary, you’ll be asked to log in to access the archive on the Arts Online website. Simply, type the username “artsonline” and the password “mailinglist” to do this.


Naku noa na,

Ryan Benjamin

Arts Online Community Facilitator - Dramanet


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